Pictures: CR7 Underwear Collection Launch in Madrid (Oct 31, 2013)

Anything David Beckham can do, Cristiano Ronaldo can do better – and bigger – it seems if the launch of his new CR7 underwear range is anything to go by.

The Portuguese footballer launched his new line of pants in typically understated fashion with a 19 metre tall image of himself modelling one of the designs.

The CR7 Underwear Collection is the outcome of the collaboration of JBS and Richard Chai, who came out with unique CR7 undewrwear designs.

This is Cristiano’s first underwear range and comes hot on the heels of David Beckham’s line for H&M.

 And just like Becks, Cristiano is no stranger to getting his kit off and posing in his undercrackers.Both have been the face – and body – of Armani underwear in past advertising campaigns for the designer fashion brand.The CR7 range hits stores and www.cr7underwear.com today.

Here are All The Pictures from the Launch Event:

Fortsätt läsa Pictures: CR7 Underwear Collection Launch in Madrid (Oct 31, 2013)

Real Madrid 7-3 Sevilla. Ronaldo & Bale on Fire as Real route Sevilla in home

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Gareth Bale became the fifth British player to score for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in La Liga when he struck twice in an action-packed 7-3 win over Sevilla on Wednesday.

Making his first home start for the Spanish club, Gareth Bale finally brought the Bernabeu to life with a brace of goals against Sevilla but the Welshman was still upstaged by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star scored a memorable hat-trick in Real’s 7-3 thrashing and celebrated the first of three goals with a military salute, a mischievous riposte to Fifa President Sepp Blatter.

Earlier in the week Blatter was forced to apologise to Ronaldo after making a series of scurrilous remarks about the former Manchester United striker, including calling him the ‘Commander’.

Ronaldo replied to Blatter on the pitch against Sevilla. His response to Blatter on Wednesday night was emphatic, and he becomes only the second player in history to score a hat-trick against the same side for four consecutive seasons. Real’s legendary Alfredo Di Stefano achieved the same feat against Las Palmas in the late 1950s.

For Bale, however, the evening was just as encouraging, the first time he has shown Real fans why president Florentino Perez forked out around £85m for his services in the summer. He opened the scoring on 13 minutes, controlling Karim Benzema‘s low cross in the penalty area with one touch before curling the ball into the top corner of the Sevilla net. Ten minutes later Bale doubled Real’s advantage with a 30-yard free kick that took a wicked deflection of Alberto Moreno.

Ronaldo made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark from the penalty spot when Fernando Navarro brought down Isco but Sevilla then scored twice before the break to breathe fresh life into the La Liga clash.

But Bale took control of the game in the second half, teeing up Benzema for Real’s fourth goal and then supplying Ronaldo on the hour mark with the pass that made it 5-2 to the hosts.

Though Sevilla pulled another goal back on 63 minutes, Ronaldo scored his third of the night ten minutes later. France striker Karim Benzema, who has been struggling to find the net for both club and country, also helped himself to two goals as third-placed Real closed to within two points of Atletico Madrid ahead of their game at Granada on Thursday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team looked far from convincing at times and let Sevilla back into the match after taking an early 3-0 lead but what eventually became a rout was a welcome boost after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Barcelona.

Sevilla played the final quarter of an hour with 10 men after midfielder Stephane M’Bia was shown a second yellow card for catching substitute Luka Modric with a flailing arm and it was the first time in almost 50 years that 10 goals were scored in a La Liga match at the Bernabeu.

”It was quite a strange game with the amount of goals and everything that happened, some of the decisions, but we got the three points,” Real midfielder Xabi Alonso, who came on as a second-half substitute after a lengthy injury absence, told Spanish television.

”Personally I am very pleased to be back because these five months have been a big challenge,” added the Spain international.

”Little by little I will pick up the pace and start to be useful to the team again.”
Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid 7-3 Sevilla. Ronaldo & Bale on Fire as Real route Sevilla in home

Ronaldo, Bale amongst Ballon D’Or nominees

New Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale joined team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and holder Lionel Messi on the Ballon D’Or shortlist Tuesday to decide the best footballer of 2013.

Wales winger Bale was one of 23 nominees that included Bayern Munich’s France international Franck Ribery, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.

Messi has won the last four editions of the award with Ronaldo triumphing in 2008.

Those two and winger Ribery, whose club side won the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup last season, are widely considered the leading candidates for the trophy.

Bayern are the most represented club in the list with six nominees.

The German league has the most nominations with seven — Borussia Dortmund’s Poland forward Robert Lewandowski joining the Bayern contingent — followed by Spain with six, England five, France four and Italy one in the figure of Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

No-one playing their club football outside Europe got picked.

Players from 15 different nationalities were nominated with Germany — who have five including Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil — the only country to have more than two.

Manchester City’s Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, the current African player of the year, was the only footballer outside Europe and South America to be nominated.

Now retied former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is on the coaches list, although another retiree Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to their treble, is expected to triumph in that category.

The winners will be announced on January 14 after a vote by coaches and trainers of national teams as well as selected journalists

Ballon D’Or nominees:

Gareth Bale (WAL/Real Madrid/ESP), Edinson Cavani (URU/Paris Sain-Germain/FRA), Radamel Falcao (COL/Monaco/FRA), Eden Hazard (BEL/Chelsea/ENG), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE/Paris SG/FRA), Andres Iniesta (ESP/Barcelona), Philipp Lahm (GER/Bayern Munich), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Borussia Dortmund/GER), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona/ESP), Thomas Mueller (GER/Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (GER/Bayern Munich), Neymar (BRA/Barcelona/ESP), Mesut Ozil (GER/Arsenal/ENG), Andrea Pirlo (ITA/Juventus), Franck Ribery (FRA/Bayern Munich/GER), Arjen Robben (NED/Bayern Munich/GER), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid/ESP), Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER/Bayern Munich), Luis Suarez (URU/Liverpool/ENG), Thiago Silva (BRA/Paris SG/FRA), Yaya Toure (CIV/Manchester City/ENG), Robin Van Persie (NED/Manchester United/ENG), Xavi (ESP/Barcelona)

Coach of the Year 2013 nominees:

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA/Paris Saint-Germain/FRA then Real Madrid/ESP), Rafael Benitez (ESP/Chelsea/ENG then Napoli/ITA), Antonio Conte (ITA/Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (ESP/Spain), Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO/Manchester United/ENG now retired), Jupp Heynckes (GER/Bayern Munich now retired), Juergen Klopp (GER/Borussia Dortmund), Jose Mourinho (POR/Real Madrid/ESP now Chelsea/ENG), Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA/Brazil), Arsene Wenger (FRA/Arsenal/ENG)

Real Madrid demand apology from Blatter over Ronaldo remarks

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has described recent comments made by Fifa president Sepp Blatter about Cristiano Ronaldo as showing a ”lack of respect” and revealed the Spanish giants have been in touch with the world governing body asking for a retraction.

Madrid have taken umbrage over Blatter’s response after being asked to compare Ronaldo with Barcelona star Lionel Messi while speaking at the Oxford Union last week.

Blatter said both players were exceptional but described Messi as a ”good boy” before going on to say, in apparent reference to Ronaldo, that ”one has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other”.

The FIFA president then concluded by saying he preferred Messi of the two players.

Ancelotti was asked about Blatter’s comments at his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s match with Sevilla, and was quoted as having said on Madrid’s official website: ”I’m aware our president (Florentino Perez) has sent a letter to Fifa asking to retract what I consider to be a lack of respect to a very serious, very professional player.

”I’m completely in agreement with our president. I haven’t spoken with Cristiano about this. He’s trained very well today, as always. He’s shown every day that he’s a great player, serious and professional, respectful to everyone and he has to continue like that.”

Blatter’s comments came during a question and answer session at Oxford University on Friday where he was asked about Messi and Ronaldo.

Blatter started off by heaping praise on Messi, saying: ”They are both exceptional players but they are totally different and football is about the difference of styles, because Lionel Messi is a good boy who every mother and father would like to have at home.

”He’s a good man, he’s very fast, he’s not exuberant, he’s playing well, he’s dancing, he’s a kind man, he’s a good boy.

”And that’s what makes him so popular and naturally he will always get a lot of goals because he is this nice man, and he plays well and scores goals.”

Then, when appearing to talk about Ronaldo, Blatter said ”the other one, this is something else. The other one is like a commander on the field of play,” before the Fifa chief stood up from his chair and walked across the podium in comic fashion.

Blatter continued: ”But this is the other side of football and that’s good to have such commanders on the field also. Because you don’t have the same attitude, and that gives life to football and one has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other, but that doesn’t matter…

”So I cannot say who is the best. The list (Ballon d’Or) will be published on Tuesday, and then the public will make the choice.

”I like both of them, but I prefer Messi.”

Ronaldo and Messi are both on a 23-man shortlist for Fifa’s Ballon d’Or award which was announced early on Tuesday morning, with the winner to be unveiled on January 13 in Zurich.

Messi has won the award for the last four years, with Ronaldo finishing runner-up to the Argentinian the last two times.

Ancelotti: Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or

Carlo Ancelotti has backed prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been crowned the best player on the planet four times in a row, but Ronaldo will be hoping to end that run when the 2013 winner is announced in January.

Messi, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also expected to be in the running for the award.

But Real coach Ancelotti has no doubt the Portugal captain would be a worthy winner.

The Italian told TV programme El Larguero: ”It’s Cristiano’s moment to win it ahead of Messi and Ribery.

”He has surprised me the most with his professionalism. He’s very serious, he has amazing attention to detail. It’s that which helps us the most – he doesn’t just score.”

Ronaldo has already scored 21 goals for club and country this season and he will be eager to maintain his outstanding form in Saturday’s  most awaited La Liga clash with Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 3rd All Time Top Goal Scorer in Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo became the third highest goal scorer in Champions League history after his brace handed Real Madrid a 2-1 victory over Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu last night.

The Portuguese forward maintained the Spanish giants’ perfect start to their 2013/14 European campaign, and in doing so powered Carlo Ancelotti’s side towards the knockout stages.

Cristiano Ronaldo with the help of 2 Goals he scored against Juventus last night surpasses Van Nistelrooy who has scored 56 Champions Goals in his career. Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 57 Goals in 95 Apps in Champions League behind Leo Messi who has 63 goals in his tally at current while Real Madrid Legend Raul is on top with 71 Goals.

UEFA Champions League All Time Top Goal Scorers List 

Ronaldo and Messi look like they are chasing Raul’s 71 Champions League Goals to become all time UEFA Champions League Top scorer.

Ronaldo finished last season as a top scorer in champions league with 12 goals. This Season Ronaldo is looking more hungary, he has already netted 7 goals in just first 3 Champions League games, he is on his way to break his own record (12 goals) and offcourse of messi‘s who has most goals in a season (14 goals) in UEFA Champions League.

Real madrid 2-1 Juventus. Ronaldo’s brace lifts Real Madrid past Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his impressive form in the Champions League by scoring two goals to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win against 10-man Juventus on Wednesday.

The Portuguese had fired the hosts into a fourth-minute lead with a tidy finish, but Juventus were level midway through the opening period when Fernando Llorente bundled home from close range.

Ronaldo took his tally to an incredible 7 goals in just first three Champions League games this season with a penalty five minutes later and Juve’s task became even tougher when Giorgio Chiellini was sent-off just after the interval.

Cristiano Ronaldo with his Second goal against Juventus last night surpasses Van Nistelrooy (56) to become Champions League 3rd all time Top Scorer with 57 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 53 goals in 2013, whereas messi has scored 43 goals including 14 penalty goals compared to ronaldo’s 12 Penalties in 2013.

Gareth Bale was then introduced to make his home European debut for Real, but despite failing to make the most of their numerical advantage they held on to make it three wins from three in Group B.

Defeat, however, leaves the Italian champions in a perilous situation with just two points from three games, now two behind Galatasaray after they beat FC Copenhagen 3-1 in the other game in the group on Wednesday.

 ”After the sending-off they backed off and it was more difficult for us to create opportunities,” Madrid captain Iker Casillas told Canal Plus. ”But we have taken an important step towards qualifying with nine points in three games.”

The return of Casillas in goal was one of four changes that Real boss Carlo Ancelotti made to his side from the 2-0 win over Malaga at the weekend, but the Spanish captain showed no signs of rustiness as he parried away a fine drive by Claudio Marchisio inside the first two minutes.

Two minutes later and Madrid were in front as Angel Di Maria cut inside and slipped a perfect reverse ball in behind for Ronaldo to round Gianluigi Buffon and find the net from a narrow angle.

Juventus responded brilliantly to going behind, though, as they swarmed forward and Carlos Tevez saw two efforts from distance fly just off target.

And they were deservedly level on 22 minutes when Casillas parried Paul Pogba‘s header at the end of a flowing move and Llorente swept home the rebound for just his second Juve goal since joining from Athletic Bilbao.

It took Madrid just seven minutes to edge back in front as referee Manuel Graefe rightly awarded a penalty when Chiellini hauled down Sergio Ramos as the defender tried to get on the end of Di Maria‘s free-kick.

 Ronaldo stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick with an unerring ease high into the net. Both sides could have added to their tally before the break as the game rushed from end to end with Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldo firing just off target.

However, the game swung even further in Madrid’s favour just three minutes into the second half when Chiellini was harshly shown a straight red card for bringing down Ronaldo just outside the area.

Karim Benzema should then have sealed the three points when he somehow conspired to fire wide of an open goal from two yards out after great work from Di Maria and Alvaro Arbeloa.

Bale was introduced for the much maligned Benzema with just under 25 minutes remaining, but the Welshman struggled to make any impact on the game and certainly didn’t enhance his chances of starting when Real travel to face Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.

Here are the Match Pictures: Fortsätt läsa Real madrid 2-1 Juventus. Ronaldo’s brace lifts Real Madrid past Juventus

Yes Juventus Wanted Me, But I Chose Sir Alex Ferguson – Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was flattered by the interest shown by Juventus in his Sporting Lisbon days, but insists it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence that tilted the scales in Manchester United’s favour. 

The Real Madrid forward’s move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United had made the headlines in 2003, but Ronaldo had always been subject to interest even prior to that.

Most notably, it was Juventus who came closest to sealing the deal for Ronaldo, with former club CEO Luciano Moggi revealing a last-minute move from Manchester United had scuppered their efforts.

 

”Was I close to joining Juventus?” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport”Let’s say that was one of the teams interested in me.

”At the time, it made me very happy because I was young and played in Portugal. But I chose Manchester United for its coach, and because I thought it was the place to grow.”

And one of his former Manchester United team-mates Carlos Tevez will be lining up against him when Juventus take on Real Madrid in the Champions League tonight.

”The years we had at Manchester United were beautiful and positive, playing well and winning so much together”, Ronaldo said of the Argentine.

”Tomorrow I hope that Juve lose. But if I have to choose a Juve player to take away it will be him only for our friendship.”